Razzmatazz (chyzar) wrote in linguaphiles,
Razzmatazz
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bread and butter!

has anyone else heard/used the term "bread and butter"? i'm talking about a specific context, when two people are walking along next to each other and they walk around something on either side. my parents used to say it if we were walking along (usually if we were holding hands) and we walked on either side of a pole and had to break our handhold for a second. they might also say it if we walked on either side of a bush and did let go, but did stretch our arms across the divide for a second.

i hadn't heard this saying in YEARS, and then my friend said it tonight when we walked on either side of a railing on a staircase.

my question is, where does this saying come from??? i have images of the two people symbolizing the and the thing you're walking around symbolizing the butter inbetween, but that sounds like a stretch.

thanks!
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